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Historical Society receives $2,500 donation


Last updated 11/1/2018 at Noon

ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS. The Adams County Historical Society received a $2,500 donation from local farmer Albert Wollman as a part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Above, Wollman (left) shakes hands with ACHS President Rudy Plager (right) at the monthly ACHS meeting on Oct. 29 in Lind. -Journal photo by Nina Negrete Green

The Adams County Historical Society (ACHS) has been awarded a $2,500 donation as a part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

Donated by Albert Wollman, a farmer in Adams County, the ACHS will use the funds to purchase windows and doors to be installed in the Community Room of the ACHS Museum, which is located in Lind.

“We are very thankful to Mr. Wollman for this grant,” said ACHS President Rudy Plager. “It will help us complete a phase in the museum.”

A Hutterite, Wollman and his family moved to Adams County from Alberta, Canada in 1956. Hutterites—who are pacifists—living in South Dakota originally moved to Canada during World War I because they accepted conscientious objectors.

Wollman said that he gave his donation to the Adams County Historical Society because he believes it is a “worthwhile cause,” and that history is important because it helps us to remember where we have come from.

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofit organizations. The program has given more than $3 million to farming communities in 2018, and more than $29 million since the program first started in 2010.

Farmers are able to enter for a chance each year to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choosing within their community, including emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and food banks.

The Monsanto Fund, which is a part of the Monsanto Company, sponsors the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The nonprofit agency seeks to strengthen the communities where farmers and the company’s employees live and work.

“Farmers play a pivotal role in rural communities, and through their commitment to the Grow Communities program, we are able to provide the monetary support these nonprofit organizations need to make an impact,” said Monsanto Fund President Al Mitchell. “We’re proud to play a part in helping these rural communities grow and thrive.”

Founded in 1956, the ACHS is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that discovers, collects and preserves material that can help establish or illustrate the history of Adams County. Monthly meetings are held on the last Monday of each month. Next month’s meeting will be held in Ralston.


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